Climate crisis: are we turning the corner?

A crucial shift for Luxembourg’s economy


Meet us at the Journée de l’Economie on 16 March, 2020!

The world’s climate has already changed measurably in response to accumulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These changes as well as projected future disruptions have prompted intense research into the nature of the problem, potential policy solutions and changes to business models. Many scientists believe that humanity is close to the « point of no return ». It leads us to one question: Climate crisis: are we turning the corner? A crucial shift for Luxembourg’s economy.

14th Journée de l’Economie

The Journée de l’Economie is organised by the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg and FEDIL – The Voice of Luxembourg’s Industry –, in cooperation with PwC Luxembourg. This yearly event has become a renowned forum for discussion, bringing together decision makers from the private and public sector to address the key challenges faced by all economic players in Luxembourg.

This year, our annual conference gathers leading names from the worlds of business, academia and politics to discuss and debate critical climate change issues and their impact on the economy and industry as a whole.


During the morning, you will hear from an exceptional line-up of speakers, including insights on:

Welcome and introduction
by Carlo Thelen, Director General, Chamber of Commerce

Designing a national economic policy that serves both the people and the environment
by Franz Fayot, Minister of the Economy

European Green Deal – EU’s Ambitious Growth Strategy
by Yvon Slingenberg, Director in DG Climate Action, European Commission

Energy policy in a changing climate: the new frontiers
by Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change & Research Director, UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources

What climate change means for your business?
by John Parkhouse, Chief Executive Officer, PwC Luxembourg

The industry point of view – Challenges and opportunities in this context

Fireside chat moderated by Gaston Trauffler, Head of Industrial Policy, FEDIL, and with Alexandre Affre, Deputy Director General, BusinessEurope, Ludovic Dardinier, Managing Director, Primary Metal, Hydro Aluminium Clervaux S.A. and Georges Rassel, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Group Management Board, Paul Wurth S.A.


Sustainable finance, why Luxembourg?
by Denise Voss, Chairwoman, LuxFLAG and Director, Franklin Templeton

and Nathalie Dogniez, EMEA ESG Leader and Partner, PwC Luxembourg


Climate change through an Economic Consensus, by Luxembourgish influencers
by Vincent Hein, Economist, Fondation IDEA
Sarah Mellouet, Economist, Fondation IDEA


Register for the Journée de l’Economie and have a look at the agenda on

As it is the case every year, the entire proceeds from the registration fees (€70 per person) will be donated to a Luxembourg association that supports the development of entrepreneurship. This year, it will go to Impuls which is a program entirely dedicated to supporting future entrepreneurs with high potential for social impact.

To follow the conference, get involved and take part in the conversation, follow us on Twitter @JEcolux and use the hashtag #Jelux. The talks will be given in English.


About the event:

The Journée de l’Economie was launched in 2007 by the Luxembourg government (Ministry of the Economy), in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and FEDIL – The Voice of Luxembourg’s Industry and in cooperation with PwC Luxembourg. Over 250 delegates take part in the conference every year.


The Journée de l’Economie has become a highlight of the year, bringing together Luxembourg’s key decision makers and relying on the high-profile presence of Franz Fayot, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and Minister of the Economy.


Over the years, the conference has been a forum to address core topics relating to Luxembourg’s economic development such as the financial crisis, reindustrialisation, economic growth and competitiveness drivers in Luxembourg, nation branding, smart nation, future talents or the company of the future, to name but a few.


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